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01-22-2013, 10:29 PM
MWC to have conference title game
Updated: January 22, 2013, 4:12 PM ET
By Brett McMurphy | ESPN

The Mountain West voted to hold a conference football championship game on Saturday, Dec. 7. and name its divisions "Mountain" and "West."

The league's athletic directors approved the addition of the football championship game Tuesday along with splitting the MWC's 12-teams into two six-team divisions. The division champion with the highest BCS ranking would host the title game.

It has not been determined which network will televise the championship.

The Mountain division will consist of Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, New Mexico, Utah State and Wyoming. The West will feature Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, UNLV, San Diego State and San Jose State.

All the Mountain division teams are in the Mountain time zone, and all the West division teams except Hawaii are in the Pacific time zone.

The Mountain West will be the seventh conference to hold a football championship game this fall, joining the ACC, Big Ten, Conference USA, Mid-American, Pac-12 and SEC. The only leagues without a conference title game are the Big 12, Big East and Sun Belt.

01-23-2013, 06:40 PM
I see a lot of championships being played on the blue turf.

02-07-2013, 02:01 PM
Great move for the MWC. I have a hunch this is part of an effort to potentially garner a BCS bid at some point in the future. With the weakening of the Big East, they will likely no longer control a BCS bid. The MWC has a chance to take it with recent success from Boise State in football. I am interested to see if this ever evolves.